To Quit or Not to Quit . . . That is the Question

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Never Be an Impulsive Quitter 
Having the emotional endurance to “stick with it” when we are seeking to achieve something important during difficult circumstances can be the difference between our success and our failure. Many times, it becomes our nature to give up on an effort once the going gets rough, boring, or too routine. What value does escape have in the long haul? There is always the moment of truth when we run out of time, or places to hide, or excuses for our own ineffectiveness. In the final analysis, we all need to live our lives from the inside of ourselves. 

If your job requires working under unusually difficult conditions, remember that no job at all can be worse than a job that has some stress connected with it. People who do not have jobs may be under more stress than they may have experienced in a difficult job. Those who choose to quit their jobs prematurely may experience significant loss of self-respect, and the possibility of developing serious physical and emotional problems. 

Sometimes, It’s Just Better to Retreat 
When conditions in the workplace are a serious struggle, and nothing seems to work to improve those conditions, you may simply have to retreat for a time in order to be able to advance later on. That way you may be able to learn to accept what is, until the time comes when you can change it. 

Retreating from a difficult workplace circumstance can seem to be an easy alternative, but retreating with dignity and grace may be more difficult than you anticipate. Therefore, retreating as a means to regenerate your energy must never be undertaken thoughtlessly, nor out of the mere impulse to “just run away.” Retreat should always be seen, not as a means to escape challenges, but rather as a way to better confront them. 

Quitting as a Last Resort Option 
It may be that after engaging in a persistent approach to maintaining a difficult job, you will find that quitting is the only viable option remaining. Should that be the case, approaching both your job, and your decision to quit in a thoughtful and responsible manner may be sustaining for you, as you begin the interview process that may hold the potential for you to experience a more rewarding professional future. 

To not experience all of the pleasure from our work that is possible is to miss out on much of the meaning of life. Although you can work and plan for a more certain future, it is extremely unlikely that you will find the “perfect job,” and you can never really achieve the ideal of being totally safe and financially secure.